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Where to stay in Koh Sumi

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Where to stay in Koh Sumi

Hi everyone

My partner and I are looking for a relaxing, beautiful place to stay in samui. We dont mind some families around but not too many, something romantic, with beautiful views where we will feel completely relaxed. Any suggestions?

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1. Re: Where to stay in Koh Sumi

Before anything is recommended how much do you want to spend??? & what time of the year are you thinking of going?? as the prices differ according to the high or low periods

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Choeng Mon is samui' s best kept secret. Stayed there a few years back. While the rest of the island is developing Choeng mon seemed to be preserved in the old style thailand. The beach is fantastic with an excellent choice of restaurants including a good italian if you get tired of rice and noodles. check out hotels like white house, boat house, honey cottages and sala samui. Depends on your budget but something for everyone. You won't be dissapointed.

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3. Re: Where to stay in Koh Sumi

we think december but maybe earlier. budget not really an isuue moderately priced would be good but dont mind paying more if its worth it!

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Suggestions:

http://www.marinavillasamui.com/

Great location on the gorgeous beach tho the surf is rough & usually has a red flag. Bungalows are Spartan but had TV & A/C for only 1200 baht (no breakfast) & the pool is really nice, tho kinda crowded (more like cramped for space, just a teeny bit) & there were little kids. Good restaurant w/great view. They also offer the cheapest internet access around (60 baht an hour, I think) until the reception desk closes at 10pm. Steps from great bars & tons of restaurants, etc. but a bit less insane than Chaweng's version.

Then one day we took the little public buses to the NaMuang waterfall & then spent the rest of the day/dinner at this place:

http://www.lipalodgeresort.com/

It’s called Lipa Lodge, the beach/town is Lipa Noi. Located on the west side of Ko Samui, where almost NO TOURISTS go, relative to the east coast that is.

Nearly all the wonderful Samui tourist nightlife is centered on the east coast of the island in the beach towns Chaweng & Lamai, which have raucous, GORGEOUS beaches & one shop, bar & international restaurant after another. Lipa is 180 degrees different: 2 of the island’s main waterfalls are within about 5 minutes, & Nathon, the “capital” of Samui is about 5 minutes up the road too, but as far as nightlife goes, you watch the sunset right into the horizon & the sky fills with rainbow colors & when it’s totally dark, you go shower, spray on insect repellant, & bring a CD to the dining hall. The grounds are INCREDIBLY lush & varied & are just as beautiful by night as by day, tastefully lit & very well-tended.

When I stayed there for 6 wks in 1993 it had no pool, A/C or TV & t’was the only resort in Lipa Noi; now there’s another one, called Big John’s I & II. I hear it’s cheaper but we visited it & weren’t impressed, it seemed crowded & too many kids, like on the east coast; most of the people using Lipa Lodge’s GORGEOUS infinity pool were day-tripping from Big John’s! In fact, it seemed like just about everyone at our pool was staying elsewhere on the island, coming by jeep or motorbike & paying the 100 baht to chill-ax & enjoy the planet’s best pool & sunset. Among other features, there’s 2 palm trees that grow out right over the water!

Lipa Lodge has a large, open, covered pavilion for dining & activities; the food is EXCELLENT. The pretty, fine-golden-sand beach itself is very narrow; the water is extremely shallow ~ u can walk straight out for a minute & it still won’t reach your knee ~ no snorkeling there. But the sand underfoot is extremely smooth & clean!!!! You can use Lipa’s kayak or just go splash around, but with the pool right there, really, going into the water is pretty moot. There are 2 of those neat “waterfall” showers but it’s not very salty anyway.

As mentioned on the website, All rates are exclude 7% Government tax, which is standard, but fortunately they don’t charge the additional 10% standard at most hotels as well, so you could say Lipa Lodge is 10% cheaper < ; For breakfast, u can choose a pancake with bananas or pineapple baked right into it yummmmm! The staff is prompt & helpful but not too touchy-feely. The Thai owner, Tony, lives on site w/his teenage daughter.

The bungalows are far more spacious than necessary, with nice furniture & plumbing & cool, tiled floors; the verandas are large w/nice teak chairs/tables & little spray-spigots to wash your feet if necessary. The only noise is from the geckos, or, if u don’t use the A/C, the sound of the nighttime surf ahhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh The TV channels aren’t that exciting, but we didn’t even care. We were either taxi’ing over to Lamai or Chaweng, or sleeping, eager to wake up the next morning & start another gorgeous, wonderful day of peace.

In Lamai we “discovered” a fun, talented Filipino rock band called Ovada & went to see them 3 times; also the famous Reggae Pub celebrated its 19th anniversary with fireworks & freebies all night long… about a 20-minute taxi ride (400 baht) worth every penny.

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